Useful Information on paddling, rules, skills and equipment


UKRGB – UK Rivers Guidebook. Best site for general kayaking info
UK Sea Kayak Guide – site for sea kayaking
Song of the Paddle forum – open canoeing

Kayaking Skills

Kayaking paddling – good animation site
Plas Y Brenin – good outdoor centre
Lee Valley – whitewater course near M25


BBC weather
Chimet – live Solent weather conditions
Magic Seaweed – surf conditions
Met Office – pressure charts
XC Weather – clear weather information


Admiralty Easy Tides
BBC London Tides – (check for BST)
Nat. Oceanonagraphy – Tides for 1 month. Defaults to Dover
Tides 4 Fishermen – year round UK tides
Thames Tides – Thames levels


PLA – for Thames Leisure users
Environment Agency Thames warnings
Putney High Tide Club – photos and videos of those who didn’t know about high tides!


Water Access maps
Kayak freestyle Worlds
Kayak Sessions


British Canoeing (was BCU)


Addlestone CC – on the Wey Navigation
Battersea CC – neighbours (kayak polo)
Chelsea KC – based at Kew Bridge
Chiswick Pier CC – we share our Pool sessions
Cherwell CC – share our WW trips
Portsmouth CC – good sea kayaking club
Richmond CC – racing club up river
Tower Hamlets CC – Shadwell Basin
Wey Kayak Club – racing club

Coaches we like

Andy Holt Escape to Adventure
Gordon Keddie – local coach & leader


Decathlon – Sports supermarket; good start for kayak clothes; fleeces & booties. High St Ken, Wandsworth
White Water the Canoe Centre – local shop at Shepperton, good choice of kayaks and equipment. Thames access to try kayaks – Club members discount
Kent Canoes – Sevenoaks
AS Watersports – near the River Dart
Bournemouth Canoe Shop (Poole)
Marsport – Reading

Racing section

Devizes – Westminster (DW)
Waterside Races
Thameside Races
Hare & Hounds
Marsport – shop
Ultimate Kayaks – Ivan Lawler’s shop